SOS Children’s Villages
Founder and CEO of Hatch Canada, Peter Kuperman built his company to create a fun and engaging computing-related environment for young students. With a passion to help kids, Peter Kuperman also supports SOS Children’s Villages, an international organization that provides family homes to thousands of orphans and abandoned children.
One of SOS Children’s Villages initiatives is the SOS Social Circus Program. The program targets young children who have been abused and neglected and who may have a mental illness, anxiety, or extreme feelings of distrust. The program aims to make sure kids are ready for a brighter future by teaching them life skills, which include self-awareness, emotional control, resilience and perseverance, and interpersonal skills. Specifically, it
When developed among the young people, these soft skills are expected to help them build healthy relationships, connect with and participate in their communities, and become successful in academics and their future professions.
For two years now, the program has shown commendable success in instilling these crucial skills as evidenced by its more self-confident, more disciplined, and more resilient beneficiaries.
Peter Kuperman saw career opportunities in education, becoming a part of the Khan Academy and later on establishing Hatch Canada. In addition to his professional pursuits, Peter Kuperman keeps himself physically active through cycling.
Many sports enthusiasts consider cycling a beneficial form of exercise, since the activity builds up one’s endurance and strength. Before taking up road cycling as an exercise or a hobby, here are some basic tips to improve the riding experience.
1) Familiarize yourself with shifting. Changing gears before the need to do so helps riders smoothly transition, maintain momentum, and reduce strain on the bike’s chain. While shifting gears, it is important to continue pedaling at a gentle force, to prevent the chain from grinding and snapping.
2) Learn to brake. To brake safely, it is important to use both front and rear brakes. Slamming on just the front brake–which has more stopping power–can cause danger to the cyclist. Using the rear brake evenly with the front brake helps cyclists reduce speed safely until they come to a complete stop.
3) Lean your bike, and keep your body upright. Beginner cyclists often lean with their bodies when making a turn, causing them to lose balance. To turn properly, cyclists must keep their body upright while allowing the bike to lean slightly into the turn.
Peter Kuperman serves as the chief executive officer of Hatch Canada, which teaches children how to code. Although he founded the company in 2014, Peter Kuperman has displayed an entrepreneurial spirit through much of his adult life. He researched and invested in real estate at the age of 18 and sold plug adapters to fellow students during his time at the University of Pennsylvania.
Owning your own business is a dream for many, but not everyone has the entrepreneurial spirit. Following are three early signs that you or someone you know has the spirit of an entrepreneur:
1. High self-control. The ability to take an idea and run with it is a trademark of entrepreneurs, and it requires self-control. Many entrepreneurs have a history of rallying people or creating groups with a specific cause. They are typically capable of persisting despite failure and of managing money and activities well.
2. Capacity for risk. Although this might seem to contradict the above sign, many entrepreneurs are unhappy with how things currently are, so they seek to change them. Creating a new business or product is a risky endeavor. Entrepreneurs are not afraid to take this risk, and often find themselves asking for forgiveness rather than permission.
3. Creativity: It is rare that entrepreneurs start out with every resource they need to create a successful company. Creativity allows entrepreneurs to find new, possibly better, ways of doing things and proves extremely valuable in helping a business stand out from the competition.
Full Circle Fund
The philanthropic Full Circle Fund strives to cultivate leadership and social change throughout the San Francisco Bay area. The Fund consists of a diverse group of individuals from a cross-section of the community, including successful business people, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and government officials as well as representatives of nonprofit organizations.
Members join forces with nonprofits to provide business assistance in three key areas, or circles: global economic opportunity, environment, and education. The group decides which projects to support via monetary grants and hands-on assistance after conducting extensive research, site visits, and many hours of meetings.
Citizens who are interested in social issues across the Bay Area are welcome to apply for membership. Donations, sponsorships, and volunteer contributions help the Fund do its work. Financial contributions to Full Circle Fund are tax deductible.
Supporting several forward-thinking organizations, Mr. Kuperman has belonged to Full Circle Fund’s Education Circle since 2008.